BMC to ask 19 schools to keep ‘Political Quota’

The BMC Education Committee on Monday mooted the idea of maintaining a five to 10 per cent quota in admissions to 19 Mumbai Public Schools (MPS), run by private entities and NGOs, for those recommended by corporators, MLAs or MPs.

A longstanding demand by corporators – Mirror had reported how the BMC ordered institutes to “respect” the netas (‘Pamper netas’ egos, BMC tells schools after corporator stopped at the gate’, July 1) – the suggestion was put forth by Shubhada Gudekar, chairperson of education committee. The committee will soon issue instructions to this effect to schools. While there are 422 BMC-aided private schools and 695 unaided schools in the city, sources said these schools rarely entertained political interference in admissions.

“These 19 schools take only 40 students per class, so getting admission is difficult. We have suggested that till July 15, they should maintain a quota for references from public representatives. If no recommendations are made, then the seats can be filled,” Gudekar told Mirror.

Education officials were doubtful about such a move. “There is no such provision in law which can allow this,” said an official.

This was accepted by a few education committee members as well. “Our suggestion may not be feasible under law but we hope we can work out a mutually agreeable solution,” said Surendra Kumar, a committee member.